Elechi Bans Sale Of Drugs In Ebonyi International Market | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe

Metro, Ndigbo, Region

Elechi Bans Sale Of Drugs In Ebonyi International Market

Posted: May 25, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State on Tuesday banned the sale of drugs in the newly inaugurated Ebonyi International Market in Abakaliki, the state capital.

He gave the order while laying the foundation stone of the headquarters of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) in Abakaliki, named after him.

According to the Governor, all categories of goods would be sold in the market except drugs and various types of meat.

“Drugs must be sold at designated areas of the state where the PSN can have access to inspect the environment and examine the drugs to ensure they are safe for consumption,” he said.

Elechi commended the society for not only naming the structure after him, but also making him its life patron.

“Government decided to change the site earlier allotted to PSN because it was not accessible as it wanted a site that could be accessed from any part of the town,” he said.

He described the society as a unique body that does not seek personal benefits but things that would enhance and save the lives of the citizens.

“This is why I am readily disposed to assist it in any possible way as such gestures would continue even when I leave office as the Governor.

“Late Prof. Dora Akunyili almost lost her life to bandits not because she was looking for personal gains but for insisting that only quality drugs should be sold to save lives,” he said.

Dr Collette Elechi, State Chairman of the PSN, said the idea of a befitting state headquarters for the society was conceived a year earlier but its implementation was delayed by several uncertainties.

“The state branch of PSN will do all it can to ensure that the project is completed in time to ensure that it serves the intended purposes for the peoples’ benefit,” she said.

Mr Olumide Akintayo, President of the PSN, commended the Ebonyi branch of the society for the project.

Represented by Dr Egbuna Udeorah, the society’s National Publicity Secretary, Akintayo said Ebonyi would now be counted as one of the states with a state secretariat for the society.

Dr Sunday Nwangele, Ebonyi Commissioner for Health, commended the PSN for its contributions towards lifting the state’s health sector to enhance the people’s health well being.